Starting December 1st I will be going mostly/partially off internet for the next three months. For December and January I will be off social media and most online dhamma work, but will still need to use email for monastery business and the like. February I will then do my full month totally off the grid in seclusion.
So I’ll technically still be online December & January, still will be doing my dhamma sessions on Saturday and Sunday nights. but otherwise I’m switching my focus to running Bhavana and my own practice for this time.
If it is an emergency that you need to contact me, you can write that in an email, it would probably best be done via calling our office manager at the Bhavana number to get in contact with me. I will still be available for those who want to schedule visits for next year and for emails that are an emergency, but otherwise, I wish to have this time to spend working on myself and my practice.
In an effort to allow those unable to take retreats I have recorded the entirety of the 2018 Summer “Introduction to Meditation” Retreat. You can find the links and descriptions to all of the recordings ( an 11 part series) below. It is recommended that you listen to each one in order, as they often build on previously given teaching.
***All audio is also downloadable.
Part I – Introduction to Meditation Retreat: Welcome Talk, Precepts, and Guided Meditation.
Part II – Introduction to Meditation Retreat : Day 1 : Simile of the Ember and Mindfulness of Eating
Part III – Introduction to Meditation Retreat : Day 1 : Guided Meditation with “Vipassana Itch” and Standing Meditation.
Part IV – Introduction to Meditation Retreat : Day 1 : Walking Meditation Instructions.
Part V – Introduction to Meditation Retreat : Day 1 : Dhamma Talk “Why We Meditate”
Part VI – Introduction to Meditation Retreat : Day 1 : Questions and Answers
Part VII – Introduction to Meditation Retreat : day 2 : Guided Metta Meditation.
Part VIII – Introduction to Meditation Retreat : Day 2 : Final Guided Meditation – The Five Subjects of Contemplation.
Part IX – Introduction to Meditation Retreat : Day 2 : Dhamma Talk – Right Attitude and Qualities of a Successful Meditator.
Part X – Introduction to Meditation Retreat : Day 2 : Questions and Answers
Part XI – Introduction to Meditation Retreat : Final Day Q&A and Closing.
A friend recently said this to me: “I hate being vulnerable. Especially if it opens me up to being hurt. ”
My response was this: that it is the human condition in itself to be vulnerable. We exist in a state of uncertainty, immersed and infused with it, although we try our hardest to try and mold that uncertainty to our will, in the end, it is quite impossible to do so and we reap very little but suffering in the attempt.
In modern times we have done much to decrease some uncertainty, most of the people who will read this message, and who live in first world countries, have significantly reduced uncertainties that our ancestors struggled with daily, like where the next meal comes from, and if a predator will take them out if they stray too far from the fire. On the other hand, there are uncertainties on global scales we face now that our ancestors did not have to deal with. The specific context may change, but uncertainty remains.
Nothing is stable in this world, there is nothing we can cling to for safety, no true refuge in the storm, so why not ride that storm? Why not be brave, courageous, and face that uncertainty head-on, instead of hiding or trying to control that which we cannot truly control.
In uncertainty, in chaos, there is both the potential for death and loss, sure, but that is also where the greatest treasures lay, in the lair guarded by the dragon. It is said that the thing you need most is in the place you least wish to look for it. Take the risk, for as they say ” Fortune Favors the Bold”.